Popeyes will be opening a new location in Cookeville in the former Krispy Kreme building on South Jefferson Avenue. Mayor Ricky Shelton says they will open in the near future after building renovations.
Employment opportunities are posted online.
A retirement celebration and benefit for Sparta Firefighter Captain Barry Brady is coming up September first at the Sparta Fire Hall.
A firefighter for more than 20 years, Barry is having to retire due to his recent cancer diagnosis. The benefit is being held to ease the burden of his losing his health insurance.
Are you ready for some football? The high school season kicks off tonight as Cookeville High travels to Upperman.
Coookeville Coach Jimmy Maynord:
“Going to Upperman is going to be a difficult place to play,” Maynord says. “We played there 3 years ago and we got behind 20-to-nothing, and we had a good football team. We know that they’re going to be very, very motivated and want to win this football game.”
Kickoff is a 7 p-m, and you can hear the action on News/Talk 107-7 and 1400 the HUB.
You would think drivers would know the importance of obeying red lights.
Cookeville Police Chief Randy Evans says you would be wrong:
“You drive around town about 30 seconds [and] you’ll see somebody run a red light,” Evans says. “So we’ve got some information out there and some statistics on our Facebook page we’ve encouraged everybody to look at, and maybe that’ll serve as a reminder to watch these traffic signals.”
Cookeville City Councilmen – elected August 2 -- took the oath of office last night. The council re-elected Ricky Shelton as mayor and named Laurin Wheaton vice-mayor.
Other councilmen include Charles Womack and new members Mark Miller and Eric Walker.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Senator Paul Bailey (R-Sparta) announced today that two major AmeriCorp State Grants have been awarded in Senate District 15 which he represents in the Tennessee General Assembly. Similar to the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs, made up of three primary programs that each take a different approach to improving lives and fostering civic engagement. Members serve in full or part-time positions over a 10 to 12-month period, becoming eligible for an award to pay for college, graduate school, or to pay back qualified student loans.
The local TEAM Tennessee AmeriCorps Grants include $19,009 to Appalachia CARES – Clinch Powell RC and DC and $27,671 to Community Cares – Tennessee’s Community Assistance Corporation. This investment will be matched locally with public/ private matches for a combined total of $93,980.
“I am pleased to welcome these funds into District 15 for a wide variety of needed services,” said Sen. Bailey. “I congratulate these organizations for securing these grants, and look forward to seeing the ways they benefit our community. I am also hopeful that it fosters a lifetime of community service and civic engagement for AmeriCorp members.”
The AmeriCorps Community Cares Program provides generous support for public housing authorities, non-profits, and faith based agencies as well as other supportive services to the elderly, frail, challenged, and disabled citizens. Likewise, the Appalachia CARES program grant engages AmeriCorp members in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups.
For the 2018-2019 program year, 948 AmeriCorps members statewide will serve over 54,000 Tennesseans, while earning almost $5 million in education awards to be used for their higher education.
The Tennessee Highway Safety Office is Partnering with the Crossville Police Department to Increase Drunk Driving Enforcement Labor Day Weekend
Crossville, TN – The end of summer is traditionally marked by the Labor Day holiday, a time for our country to reflect on the hard work of our fellow Americans. The long weekend is typically celebrated through picnics, pool parties, and barbecues, as families and friends enjoy the last few days of summer before fall and winter approach. Sadly, the Labor Day holiday is also one of the deadliest, with drunk drivers endangering themselves and others on America’s roadways. This year, the City of Crossville Police Department is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to stop drunk drivers and help save lives. The high-visibility national enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, runs from August 17 through September 3, 2018. During this period, local law enforcement will show zero tolerance for drunk driving. Increased state and national messages about the dangers of driving impaired, coupled with enforcement and increased officers on the road, aim to drastically reduce drunk driving on our nation’s roadways.
Statistics show a frightening trend in drunk driving. According to NHTSA, 10,265 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in 2015, an increase from the 9,967 people killed in 2014. On average, 10,000 people were killed each year from 2011 to 2015—one person killed every 51 minutes in 2015. That’s the equivalent of 20 jumbo jets crashing each year, with no survivors. This is why the Crossville Police Department is working with NHTSA to remind drivers that drunk driving is not only illegal, it is a matter of life and death. As you head out to Labor Day festivities, remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
Over the Labor Day holiday period in 2015, there were 460 crash fatalities nationwide. Forty percent of those fatal crashes involved drivers who had been drinking (.01+ BAC). Of those alcohol-related fatal crashes, one third (33%) involved drivers who were drunk (.08+ BAC), and nearly one-fourth (23%) involved drivers who were driving with a BAC almost twice the illegal limit (.15+ BAC). Nighttime is the most dangerous time to be out on the roads: During the 2015 Labor Day holiday period, 78 percent of drunk-driving crash fatalities occurred between 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. – as compared to half of all drunk-driving crash fatalities throughout the rest of the year.
“We’re stressing the dangers of driving impaired to our community,” said Lieutenant Brian Tilley. “Drunk driving is a massive problem in the United States, with more than 10,000 people dying annually. If you’re out on the roads and you see someone driving drunk, please call us. You could help save a life,” he said.
The City of Crossville Police Department and NHTSA are reminding citizens of the many resources available to get them home safely. “Drunk driving is not acceptable behavior,” said Lieutenant Brian Tilley. “It is essential to plan a sober ride home before you ever leave for the party. That’s why, during the Labor Day holiday, we will make zero exceptions for drunk driving. There are just no excuses,” he said.
The Crossville Police Department recommends safe alternatives to drinking and driving:
The day a lot of Cookevillians have been waiting for is quickly approaching.
Publix will be opening Wednesday, August 29th at 6:45 a-m in the Shoppes at Eagle Point.
The annual Kid's Clinic and Gathering of Eagles is coming up this Saturday at Tennessee Tech. The Kid's Clinic will run from 10 to 10:45 a-m. Immediately following there will be an autograph session with the team, a free lunch, and TTU Football scrimmage.
There will be inflatables, marketing swag and a surplus sale all in conjunction with the Gathering of Eagles event.
The Cookeville-Putnam County Animal Shelter is having a summer half-off special adoption event through Saturday.
Director Sarah Hawlik Webb says the shelter is basically full:
Of course, before they leave the animal shelter we want them to get fixed,” Webb says. “There’s no animal that leaves there without getting spayed or neutered, so it’s half off of that as well. Those are all fees that go directly to our veterinarian.”